Out of the Blue

Happy National Margarita Day! This would be better suited to the weekend, but as noted in a USA Today article about the occasion: "A recent study from Censuswide commissioned by Cointreau found nearly half of respondents said the pandemic and social distancing has allowed them more time to further learn about how to make cocktails at home." I interpret this as the pandemic and social distancing has inspired more cocktail consumption, so I guess on some level every day is Margarita Day. I enjoy them, but MrsBlue is more of a purist about tequila, so I'll have to see if I can convince her to celebrate the occasion with me. Enjoy, and remember, don't drink and drive (or text exes).

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Followup
Texas power grid CEO Bill Magness was fired Wednesday following widespread outages during winter storms that killed 47 in Tx. CNN
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RedEye9 wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 20:31:
But why

Top directors of Texas’s electric grid resigned today.

The board’s chairman, vice chairman, two directors and a board nominee of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), all of whom live outside of Texas, resigned effective Wednesday, according to a notice to the state Public Utility Commission.

At the time of the Sony hack, Sony had been warned of vulnerabilities. They assessed the cost of hardening their systems at $10M but the cost of a breach at only $1M, so they didn't bother. The hack cost them $100M.

I see a similar issue here. It was going to cost 100s of millions to winterize TX power grid, so they didn't do it. However, economic losses and damage to the state from the winter storm are now being estimated in the 100s of billions.

Penny wise, pound foolish. Literally.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Feb 23, 2021, 21:33
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Nice. And I would bet many of them have another full-time job while being a director. As you said, good job if you can get it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 23, 2021, 21:10
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Feb 23, 2021, 21:10
 
It's a Kush job if you can get it

Unaffiliated directors are paid an $87,000 yearly retainer. In addition, the chair and vice chair are paid an additional $12,800 and $7,500, respectively, and any unaffiliated director who chairs a committee on the board is paid an additional $5,600.
Dallas Morning News
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Feb 23, 2021, 20:41
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What I didn't see and was curious about, was how much were they paid in the last 10 years since the 2011 event which previously exposed all these problems...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Feb 23, 2021, 20:31
 
But why

Top directors of Texas’s electric grid resigned today.

The board’s chairman, vice chairman, two directors and a board nominee of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), all of whom live outside of Texas, resigned effective Wednesday, according to a notice to the state Public Utility Commission.
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Feb 23, 2021, 11:52
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 11:47:
So long, V:tM Bloodlines 2, we hardly knew ye.

Firing the entire development studio... that seems pretty new, right? I mean has that happened before for a video game? Probably, but it has to be rare.

I think we all knew that game was going to be massively delayed when they fire Avellone, now it's just going to get mangled for years, and released as who knows what.


I feel that it's happened a few times of late. Prey 2 was one, but then the baby got thrown out with that bathwater. I feel we've seen a few smaller, AA so to speak, titles have this happen in the past 3 years. Can't recall one, but know Blue has posted about it.
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So long, V:tM Bloodlines 2, we hardly knew ye.

Firing the entire development studio... that seems pretty new, right? I mean has that happened before for a video game? Probably, but it has to be rare.

I think we all knew that game was going to be massively delayed when they fire Avellone, now it's just going to get mangled for years, and released as who knows what.

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Feb 23, 2021, 09:55
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Jivaro wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 09:46:
Rectal Prolapse wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 05:12:
yikes:
https://kotaku.com/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-delayed-past-2021-1846333086

oh damn...ouch.
And they've stopped taking pre-orders.
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Feb 23, 2021, 09:46
Jivaro
 
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Rectal Prolapse wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 05:12:
yikes:
https://kotaku.com/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-delayed-past-2021-1846333086

oh damn...ouch.
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Jivaro wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 03:08:
I just read on a thread that the Vampire Masquerade sequel has been paused and people have been fired on the development team.

I haven't seen that anywhere, anybody else read that?

I heard that the publisher was pushing the devs to name the lead character in the SP campaign "Edward" and the devs were resisting. Words were exchanged, someone mailed the publisher a pig's heart, and the whole thing got shut down.

#NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement
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Feb 23, 2021, 03:08
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Feb 23, 2021, 03:08
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I just read on a thread that the Vampire Masquerade sequel has been paused and people have been fired on the development team.

I haven't seen that anywhere, anybody else read that?
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RedEye9 wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 21:26:
Doesn't appear to be seasonable.
http://www.ercot.com/gridinfo/generation
Lots of data here and some decent excel spreadsheets with pie charts and numbers and things broken out by month.

Might depend on location. One study I read showed much greater generation in summer vs. winter. In this European study, there was much greater winter generation. Yet another study claimed generation was highest in spring and fall. Air is denser in the winter, meaning less wind needed to push turbines. But there's greater entropy when it's warm, resulting in potentially more wind. It's confusing. Maybe there's an expert on the board that can enlighten us.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Feb 22, 2021, 21:26
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Feb 22, 2021, 21:26
 
Doesn't appear to be seasonable.
http://www.ercot.com/gridinfo/generation
Lots of data here and some decent excel spreadsheets with pie charts and numbers and things broken out by month.
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Feb 22, 2021, 21:18
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Orogogus wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 21:17:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 21:10:
Huh. I wonder where the other reports were getting there 9-10% figures from. *shrug* Whatever.
Winter numbers rather than year-round, I think.
Good idea, that would make some sense...
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Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 21:10:
Huh. I wonder where the other reports were getting there 9-10% figures from. *shrug* Whatever.
Winter numbers rather than year-round, I think.
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They were probably using the latest (note old) wiki data.
If someone told me that Tx got 25% from wind I would have told them they were nuts as there has been no increase in cancer cases.
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Huh. I wonder where the other reports were getting there 9-10% figures from. *shrug* Whatever.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Austin American Statesman
An ERCOT report on generating capacity listed the top sources of power in the state:

Natural gas (51%)
Wind (24.8%)
Coal (13.4%)
Nuclear (4.9%)
Solar (3.8%)
Hydro, biomass-fired units (1.9%)

Wind power has been the fastest-growing source of energy in Texas' power grid. In 2015, wind power generation supplied 11% of Texas' energy grid. Last year it supplied 23% of the system's power, surpassing coal as the second-largest source of energy.
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